Richard Charles Cobb (20 May 1917 – 15 January 1996) was a British historian and essayist, and professor at the University of Oxford. He was the author of numerous influential works about the history of France, particularly the French Revolution. Cobb meticulously researched the Revolutionary era from a ground-level view sometimes described as "history from below". His works offer exceptionally fine detail culled from a wide variety of lesser-known sources and analyzed within a broad interdisciplinary scope.Cobb is best known for his multi-volume work The People's Armies (1961), a massive study of the composition and mentality of the Revolution's civilian armed forces. He was a prolific writer of essays, and he fashioned numerous highly regarded collections from his large trove of research on French history. Cobb also found much inspiration from his own colorful life, and he composed a multitude of autobiographical writings and personal reflections. Much of his writing went unpublished in his lifetime, and the weaving of new collections from extant material has been carried on by other scholars long after his death.